At Attention ~ In Style

It must have been well over a year that this particular number teased us in the Pinup Girl Clothing “Coming Soon” section and I could never seem to get her off my mind. The Military Pinup Dress has an assertive and polished style that is truly one of a kind. Even with all the delays in production of its initial release, it was definitely worth the wait! I snagged this beauty from one of my favorite Canadian boutiques, Rowena(Retroglam.com).

Available in sizes XS to 2X in Olive Green & Black – MSRP $104USD

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Thanks to PUG’s trusted individual size charts, it was easy to determine the Medium would be an ideal fit with measurements 36-28-40 (note when I ordered it I was 36-29-42). The Military Pinup Dress is made from the most incredible stretch bengaline to date; it’s much thicker than the previous PUG bengaline I find. The weight of the fabric is definitely more forgiving over your trouble areas and ultra stretchy. Keep in mind the constructed bust is designed for the smaller busts since the underseam will run up higher on larger bust sizes (At a 34DD, there was plenty of room and no trouble with the underseam riding up). That’s a lot of bust talk in one sentence. Lol. The Military Pinup Dress features a beautiful kick pleat and contrasting red trim and belt. One area of concern to note, if you have larger arms you may find the red trim around the sleeves a bit snug as it has zero stretch allowance. A simple solution would be to have a tailor insert a small slit in the underarm section so it won’t be visible or alter the overall design.

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This polished beauty is perfect to wear to the office and transition to a night on the town. I am a sucker for retro dresses with kickpleats, they are simply timeless and so classy! The bengaline is curve hugging and helps create the illusion of a hourglass silhouette. This number is so exquisitely constructed, it sucks you in wonderfully and accents you in the right places. I paired it with the Rago 6201 Shorts for a little extra help in that department; the Rago 1294 Girdle would be perfect equivalent as well. Surprisingly the length looked splendid a couple inches below the knee (5ft 4inches tall). As you can see on PUG’s site, the Military Pinup Dress is designed to fall a bit higher on the knee. Everyone has their preferences; I am partial to showing less leg as they are not one of my favorite features.

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There are no shortages of excellent accessories from PUG to pair with the Military Pinup Dress. Sadly I don’t own shoes in the right shade of red so a simple black pump was my second choice. Check out the PUG Cherry Aeroplane Bag and Lolita Pumps to create the most incredibly decked out ensemble from head to toe!

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Sometimes delays in production lead to disappointment with all the build of anticipation but this was surely not the case with the Military Pinup Dress. Definitely one of the more understated PUG Designs that needs to be recognized for it’s gloriousness! I was so happy to hear this was the next review you wanted to read and truly hope it inspires you to consider one for yourself.

A Closet Full of Dresses With Nothing to Wear!

Oddly enough with a closet full of dresses, I still have times when it seems like I have nothing to wear to formal events. It is essential to have one or two options that are suitable for multiple occasions at a moment’s notice. The Vivien in Plum Taffeta by Pinup Girl Clothing was a perfect candidate for the job. Luckily Rowena/Retroglam.com had them on sale during their end of season blow out.

Available in size XS to 2X in a variety of colors – MSRP $102USD

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The Vivien is known to work well for the less busty as a result the busty ladies are required to size up. Based on the size chart, I was in-between sizes (measurements 36-29-41) and decided it was definitely best to order the Large since the taffeta does not stretch. Immediately I fell in love with the classic one shoulder design as it showcases my tattoos wonderfully. Pair it with your favorite strapless bra, in my case the Victoria Secret Miraculous for a little extra oomph! The taffeta material has a gorgeous sharkskin sheen and quite form flattering with the side gathering design. The color is absolutely breathtaking!

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Recently PUG re-released the Vivien in three new bengaline colorways with a stunning rhinestone shoulder detail. The same fabulous design but in a new stretchy fabric for those not keen on the taffeta. I personally love the taffeta as it is truly unique and very figure flattering for someone with curves. Pairing the Vivien with my Rago shapewear is a perfect complement to create the illusion of a perfect hourglass silhouette.

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We can safely say the Vivien is not something you can wear to the office or a family barbecue but is perfect for those special date nights or a wedding reception. With the off the shoulder detail, I recommend wearing your favorite vintage pendant earrings and skip any neck jewelry. A pair of classic round toe pumps will complete the look beautifully.

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Now I know there is at least one dress in my closet that will work for those fancy functions and won’t fall into the “nothing to wear” predicament anytime soon. Check out Retroglam.com and other online retailers to snag the Vivien in taffeta at greatly discounted prices.